stl caps

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STL CAPS provides junior and senior students the opportunity to fast-forward beyond college to test-drive their future in high-skill, high-demand professions.

All courses meet outside of the traditional high school classroom environment on a daily basis for approximately three-hours during the school day.

Students learn directly from business partners by completing projects in professional workplaces such as medical centers, small business co-working facilities, and on the campus of higher education institutions.

The projects students complete come directly from industry professionals and will require them to demonstrate professional skills such as time management, teamwork, effective communication, problem solving, work ethic, and creativity. Students will interact with business professionals on a frequent basis by visiting a variety of workplaces around the St. Louis area.

The business partners and workplaces are aligned to the student's career interests and the course curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to complete internships and job shadows with business partners while earning high school and college credit.

Numerous colleges in Missouri and across the country endorse CAPS as an excellent college preparation option.

Course Descriptions

St. Louis CAPS Global Business & Entrepreneurship

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 3.0 Practical Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: None, however, completion of at least 0.5 credits of any business or marketing course is recommended. Application required.

Course Description: Are you interested in starting your own business or nonprofit? Would you like to launch your own passion project? Does learning directly from business professionals and visiting some of the most innovative companies in St. Louis sound fun? Do you need unique and one-of-a-kind experiences for your college applications? If so, this could be the option that sparks your creative spirit. This course provides an entrepreneurial approach to education that is designed to give high school students hands-on, real world experience in global business and entrepreneurship. Students are fully immersed in a profession-based learning approach. Students are able to gain experience working with real businesses, assisting and learning through meaningful projects, and working in a variety of fields, including Human Relations, Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Sales, Promotion, Event Planning, Fashion Marketing, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Finance, Agriculture, Hotel Lodging, and Restaurant Management, just to name a few. In addition to being a part of real businesses, students are also paired with mentors out in the field - individuals who are working each day in these professions. In addition to important profession-based learning skills the students acquire, they also gain 21st century skills such as problem solving, time and project management skills, business ethics, and self-discipline. Students will have the opportunity to complete job shadows, internships, and receive college credit.

St. Louis CAPS Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 3.0 Practical Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: None, however, participation in PLTW Engineering courses recommended. Application required.

Course Description: Are you interested in experiencing first-hand what a career in engineering is like? Would you like to tour some of the leading engineering and advanced manufacturing facilities in St. Louis? Are you ready to truly understand how math and science are applied to real-world projects? Do you need unique and one-of-a-kind experiences for your college applications? If so, this is the course for you. The course is designed for students who are interested in engineering and manufacturing fundamentals, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Students will be immersed with engineers and manufacturers using state-of-the-art tools and software to create and test 3D prototypes solving complex problems. Students will apply lean manufacturing processes that create value for customers and drive out the waste in production. Students experience hands-on, active learning with full immersion in real-world projects sponsored by business partners. Students work in multidisciplinary teams to provide innovative solutions to a company's real-world problems. Engineering projects are tailored to student interest in the fields of chemical, electrical, mechanical, civil, software/computer, architecture, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biological, and environmental. Students have the opportunity to complete the PLTW capstone course requirements as part of the CAPS experience. Students will have the opportunity to complete job shadows, internships, and receive college credit.

St. Louis CAPS Medicine, Healthcare & Bioscience

Grade: 12 Credit: 3.0 Practical Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: None, however, participation in PLTW Biomedical courses recommended, Application required.

Course Description: Would you like the opportunity to shadow medical professionals? Are you interested in conducting labs in research and higher education facilities? Do you think observing medical procedures sounds like fun? Do you need unique and one-of-a-kind experiences to make your college application stand out? If so, the St. Louis CAPS Medicine, Healthcare and Bioscience course provides access to real world experiences in the dynamic field of health care. Alongside some of the region's most experienced medical professionals, students will advance their understanding of human physiology, disease process, medical terminology, patient care, professionalism, ethics, and explore many career opportunities. Students will expand upon principles of human physiology through in-depth case studies of body systems, develop fluency in basic medical language, formulate treatment plans for patients, practice physical assessment skills, and perform patient care and life-saving procedures within a high-fidelity simulation lab. These activities are designed to enhance student analysis and problem solving skills. Students self-select a CAPStone project for the semester that involves connecting with mentors in their area of interest to develop a project that is real, relevant, and of service to the community. Representing a wide spectrum of health care careers, expert guest speakers provide advanced instruction in the medical specialties of anesthesia, cardiology, dermatology, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, nephrology, internal medicine, family practice, general surgery, and much more. Students learn directly from medical professionals while participating in site visits to a variety of health care facilities that expose students to medical professions, medical research, and innovative advancements. Students have the opportunity to complete the PLTW capstone course requirements as part of the CAPS experience. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an internship with a business and industry partner. College credit is available.

St. Louis CAPS Technology Solutions & Logistics

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 3.0 Practical Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: None, however, previous participation in a computer science course recommended. Application required.

Course Description: Do you want to learn the most relevant skills needed in the field of technology solutions? Would you like to visit innovative technology companies and learn directly from business partners? Are you interested in working on projects for real clients? The Technology Solutions and Logistics course is ideal for students who are interested in developing the professional and technical skills required to forge forward in exploring all areas of technology and creative design. Immerse yourself in a professional environment while you tackle and solve real-world problems using a vast array of technology and design skills. Students interested in technology will perform real world projects for clients utilizing the expertise of diverse guest instructors, mentors, and business partners. Strong emphasis is placed on software engineering skills such as programming methodology and problem solving using multiple languages, algorithm design and development, data abstraction and well documented programming, testing, and debugging. Students interested in design will create a wide array of digital assets in a profession-based learning environment, which provides opportunities to collaborate with mentors and business clients. Students will network with mentors and business partners delivering real products to their clients as well as creating a professional portfolio that illustrates their creative talent. Students will also have the opportunity to complete job shadows and an internship with a business and industry partner.